Turkey to increase number of Africa embassies to 30 from 12

A Turkish deputy prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would increase number of its embassies in Africa to 30 from 12.

Turkey to increase number of Africa embassies to 30 from 12

A Turkish deputy prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would increase number of its embassies in Africa to 30 from 12.

Turkey's State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said Turkey would have been represented by diplomatic ambassadors in 95 percent of Africa once it opened the embassies.

"Turkey is a strategic partner of the African Union, and it has just become a member of the African Development Bank," Babacan said during a post-crisis global financial sector conference in Istanbul.

Babacan said the world had just started to recover from the crisis, and growth signals were coming from the entire world.

The Turkish minister highlighted Turkey's geopolitic location as a European Asian, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caspian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Caucasian country that had close ties with Africa.

Babacan said Turkey was a member of NATO, Council of Europe (COE), Organization for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD), and a country that had launched the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP).

"We will host a SEECP heads of state and government summit in June," Babacan also said.

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